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Hedgehog likes milk soaked bread

Observed: 23rd September 2013 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammals
23 Sept 13..
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Amadan's picture

Hedgehogs are lactose-intolerant

So break and milk is not good for them. Cheap dog food (has more cereal) is better.

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Ok thanks Amadan. I was

Ok thanks Amadan. I was planning to give it some meat but had nothing suitable in the fridge. Thanks for pointing this out. It seemed like a reasonable option but I didnt know they were lactose intolerant.

Cathal.

Amadan's picture

It's one of those things

That is so widespread a "folk myth" - like feeding bread to ducks. You'd be surprised how cross people can become if you try to tell them that is harmful...
But if you can keep your hedgehog(s) happy, then you're doing a real service to wildlife. See for instance:
http://www.prickleshedgehogrescue.org.uk/information/faq/feeding-a-wild-...

Gill Sinclair's picture

Dried food easier to keep to hand

As the website above says, amongst other things dried mealworms, crushed peanuts, sunflower hearts or non-fishy dried cat food is all fine as long as there's fresh water too. So having a little box of dried cat food in stock or being able to raid the bird food stocks is easier than having to think about keeping tinned pet food in stock if you don't otherwise use it.

I found a baby hog that had been strimmed at the weekend - one back foot missing and a nasty wound on the back end, although it seemed OK in itself. It munched on some dried mealworms and had a drink of water whilst I was talking to our local hedgehog hospital, so that kept it going for a while.
(Sadly the prognosis for it isn't good as the hedgehog lady says the wound on its back end is infected and the infection may have gone too deep already. Apparently they can survive with 3 legs, esp if it's a back one that's missing).

Gill Sinclair
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tarkamerl's picture

Vine House Farm

Vine House Farm (http://www.vinehousefarm.co.uk/our-shop/Wildlife-Homes-and-Food/Hedgehog...) do a great Hedgehog food, which my Hedgehogs prefer to dog food! As Gill says, it is easier to keep to hand too.

Montgomeryshire mammal recorder and generalist

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Thanks for all this Amadan,

Thanks for all this Amadan, Gill and Tarkamerl. They seem to be very nomadic? I see one in the garden on a very rare occasion. They are so curious the way they just watch you without really reacting or panicking. That one last night just sat there and watched as I took its photo with flash from 2 feet in front of its face. Is it the strength of their defences that makes them so calm?

Cathal.

Gill Sinclair's picture

Wandering hedgehogs

They do range over quite an area, which is why providing connectivity between gardens is so important http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/hedgehog-street.html, and even isolated gardens here and there which are hedgehog-friendly will be of limited use.
I guess it is the fact that they can just roll-up if needs be that makes them bolder than other mammals, but it also makes them very vulnerable to being run-over, strimmed or whatever.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

nightfly's picture

They do seem to be more

They do seem to be more relaxed than any other animal when they encounter a human Gill. Fleeing in fright certainly isn't their first course of action. I saw another one this year inadvertently wander very close to a cat at night. The 2 of them just froze for a short while and then the hedgehog carried on. The cat stayed still and watched. It didnt draw any kind of predatory reaction from the cat which is usually quick to pounce on most things, moving leaves, moths etc. The same cat is quite ruthless when it comes to birds and smaller mammals. It often leaves kills at th back door but it knew better than to tackle the hedgehog, gave it a wide berth.

Cathal.

ar8922's picture

Cat encounter

I once watched a hedgehog meander around our small patch of a garden in Egham and eventually walk up to and bump noses with our cat, which was lying just outside the front door. I was immediately behind the cat, just inside the door and it didn't react in the slightest, despite having watched the hedgehog's whole approach... the hedgehog finally wandered off again at its own pace.